As 9th graders, we explore identity, societal and personal prejudices, and the community we live in. Students will read both fiction and nonfiction texts, and write persuasive, expository, and argumentative responses based on the content taught. Not only do we focus on the students’ ability to read and write, students are encouraged to question, discuss, and engage in academic discourse. In our ICT classes, we have at least 2 teachers in the room at all times to support our students’ academic and social needs.


As 10th graders we read both fiction and non-fiction. The two supplement each other and help students make connections between the ideas or concepts discussed in fiction texts to real world contexts. Fiction allows students to relate on a more personal basis, by exploring the human factor involved with those ideas and concepts. Tenth grade English also emphasizes writing basics. Students practice outlining and expanding these outlines into full essays, and continue to practice using evidence to support claims. Discussion skills are essential as students learn to have evidence based, focused conversations; evaluating each other’s claims and responding to them. Student participation is an important part of their grades, as well as essays, the work that leads up to the finished essay; classwork, and progress.

11TH GRADE - Pre-AP English

In this 11th grade class, students who have achieved at least 85% in 10th grade ELA and are recommended by their ELA teacher, engage in reading and writing activities that will prepare them for enrollment in a rigorous AP curriculum in the 12th grade.  Students will also prepare to take the January administration of the English Regents Exam, required for high school graduation.  It is expected that students will be able to read independently at home and complete homework on a regular, timely basis.  The emphasis is on reading literature and higher-level non-fiction, writing essays of literary analysis and conducting independent research.

11TH GRADE - The American Story

As 11th  graders we will be preparing students to excel on the Comprehensive English Regents Exam.  We build on 10th grade reading and writing skills but focus on writing longer essays more often, read a variety of more challenging texts and hone our research, citation and independent reading skills.  All students will be involved in writing critical lens essays as well as argumentative essays, will participate in at least one debate and will conduct teacher and self-directed research.

12TH GRADE - College Writing

The purpose of this class will be to prepare students’ writing, critical thinking and research skills for the rigors of college level work. Work this year will focus upon writing organized, well-developed argumentative essays using the writing process.  It will also delve into scholarly research, a skill that students will need to cultivate to succeed in college.

Overall, the objective of this curriculum is not only to teach students how to write at  the college level, but also to introduce them to the intellectual toolkit that they will need to manage their own work and educate themselves on any topic that comes up in their studies.

This course will be divided up into issue-oriented units based upon current events and information texts.  Each unit will culminate in a debate and formal writing project in which students are asked to argue a position using evidence obtained from outside sources.  Special attention will be paid to adapting the Classical Argument model to a broad spectrum of topics.  

12TH GRADE - AP Literature

AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.  Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers.  As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.

Thus, a majority of the course is dedicated to reading, interpreting, discussing, analyzing, and evaluating a number of literary works from different time periods and belonging to different genres.  There is also a strong commitment to writing, so that students compose a number of formal and informal writing assignments throughout the year.  Such assignments range from analytical and interpretative essays on the literature read--to arguments, personal essays, and creative writing assignments such as poems.